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Gluten free ciders – Sidro senza glutine

Gluten free ciders – Sidro senza glutine

By on Nov 24, 2015 in Coeliac tips, Travel journal, United Kingdom | 1 comment

As usual, when I catch up with friends to get a drink, whilst getting at the counter my question is always the same: ‘What (the hell) am I having now?!’. Since I can only have something gluten free, and I’m not really an alcohol-taste lover, the answer is even harder to come. To me, ciders are a good compromise between low alcohol degrees and refreshing taste. Unfortunately, this is one of the products we always need to check, although the Coeliac UK Association in its gluten free checklist says they’re all safe. I’m asking them why, and I’ll keep you posted about their feedback. Here a selection of the most popular – and gluten free ciders then, easy to find in pubs, already checked and tasted by a British gluten free friend of mine interested in the topic – and more expert than me, too. I have tasted only some of them, and others as well. It’s a useful list to start with: I’ll be working on in the next few months. Cheers 😉 Come sempre, quando mi vedo con i miei amici per prendere qualcosa da bere, una volta arrivata al bancone la domanda che rivolgo a me stessa e’ sempre la stessa: ‘Cosa (diavolo) potro’ mai bere qui?!’ Poiche’ posso bere solo senza glutine, e non sono neanche una grande amante di alcolici e affini, la risposta e’ sempre piu’ complicata. Per i miei gusti, il sidro e’ un ottimo compromesso tra un basso grado alcolico e un sapore interessante. Purtroppo, anche il sidro e’ tra quei prodotti che bisogna sempre verificare, nonostante la Coeliac UK Association inserisca questa categoria nei prodotti naturalmente senza glutine. Sto scrivendo loro per chiedergli perche’, vi terro’ aggiornati sulla loro risposta. Nel frattempo, questa e’ una selezione di alcune tra le piu’ conosciute marche di sidro senza glutine, preparata da un amico inglese interessato al tema per le stesse ragioni – siamo tutti alla ricerca di sidro senza glutine! E’ un ottimo punto di partenza, mi impegnero’ nei prossimi mesi per arricchire questa lista. Nel frattempo…salute...

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Gluten free Pizza Recipe – Ricetta per pizza senza glutine pomodorini e mozzarella

Gluten free Pizza Recipe – Ricetta per pizza senza glutine pomodorini e mozzarella

By on Sep 21, 2015 in Recipes, Travel journal, United Kingdom | 0 comments

Ingredients 250gr. Polselli Mix pizza flour 70ml. warm water 1 tbsp dried active yeast 1 tsp salt 2 tsp sugar 200gr fresh mozzarella cheese 10 baby tomato plums extra olive oil fresh basil Since I come from Naples – where pizza originally comes from too – I cannot use other recipes but this: a very traditional pizza mozzarella and small fresh tomatoes. To make the gluten free dough, pour the gluten free flour into a large bowl. Add sugar and salt into the bowl and stir. In half a glass of warm water, stir in the yeast with a tablespoon. Then, add the yeast water to the flour bit by bit, until it comes together. Add the remaining water. Dust a clean surface with flour, then knead the dough with your hands for almost 10 minutes (I used the bowl because I had no space to do otherwise). Keep the dough still very wet, and leave in a warm room (even the turned-off oven) until the dough has almost doubled in size. Preheat your oven to 180ºC whilst the dough is rising in the other one (in the house I live now there are two ovens, so I can do it. But you can also cover with a damp cloth and leave in a different, warm place). Whilst waiting for your rising dough, cut the tomatoes and the mozzarella cheese. I always prefer not to use a knife to cut mozzarella, but the hands. That helps mozzarella melting in a more effective way. When the dough will be doubled in size – in about 1 hour, knead the dough with your hands again and keep adding a bit more flour if necessary. When you are happy with the consistency, place it on a tray dusted with flour stretching the dough in order to have a base about 1cm thick. Tear up the mozzarella cheese on the dough, and then spread around the tomatoes. Then, sprinkle over the fresh basil leaves and a bit of extra-virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt. Place in the bottom of the oven for about 40 minutes so the base gets nice and crispy while the top is cooking. Once your pizza is...

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5 gluten free lessons learnt living in the UK – Cambio vita, un mese dopo.

5 gluten free lessons learnt living in the UK – Cambio vita, un mese dopo.

By on Jul 3, 2015 in Travel journal, United Kingdom | 2 comments

Today it’s a month! One month ago, with some unexpected flight issues and after 6 months of non-stopping personal troubles, I left Italy intending to move to the UK. In these first weeks I had to: start working in a genuine British environment, open a a bank account, get a contract SIM card, get my national insurance number and much more. In one word: settling down. If you are a native citizen it is nothing you have to worry about, but coming from abroad, it could be not so silly as it seems. Before coming, I spent so much time reading on the web about others’ experiences, most of which plenty of difficulties. What about mine? Everything went perfect. Maybe I was on the roll, maybe you always need to take off drama from some Italian points of view…anyway, in 20 days I sorted out everything with no stress or troubles. The main thing is that I came here with a job and a house waiting for me. I know that’s what got the whole thing easier. But obviously nothing comes on its own…I had to work hard on it before coming. Now, if you want to know how it was, I’ll be posting something very soon. In the meanwhile, just keep on reading. 5 things I learnt living in the UK so far: 1. living in the UK as a coeliac seems quite easy. Most of supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsbury, Co-op, and more) have a special corner with gluten free products. When I arrived, the Co-op close to my office had got just a dedicated shelf. Last week, the one-shelf became two shelves full of gluten free products. Hooray! 2. Most of labels specify allergy advice. They must do it thanks to a recent law…have a look HERE. Anyway, some foods are not so easy to find: apparently, finding gluten free marmalade or jam is almost impossible! I tried to find them in four different chains, and no one of the available labels was suitable for coeliacs. The same with lentils (you know…cross contamination!). I eventually found a tasty gluten free lentils soup at Sainsbury. It’s not the same, but… 3. Be always, always, always careful about cross contamination:...

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Glutenfree Pride in Exmouth – Sabato senza glutine in Exmouth

Glutenfree Pride in Exmouth – Sabato senza glutine in Exmouth

By on Jun 7, 2015 in Devon, Travel journal, United Kingdom | 0 comments

After London, Madrid, Rome (and many other places in the world), gay pride finally came to Exmouth – East Devon (UK). It was a nice family day at Manor Gardens, with many bands performing live music and people standing and enjoying the sun. Nana’s is a small caravan, based in Plymouth but hanging out around Devonshire to deliver gluten free food. Thanks to them, I had my lunch there, with a gluten free tuna sandwich (express made) and a home made gluten free chili soup. I also had a cake, which was not home made but I liked it anyway. Everything was quite cheap (sandwich 2£, cake 1£,chili bowl 3.5£). And I finally taste a cool gluten free Shmoo milkshake! At chocolate flavor, with no toppings which were not gluten free. You can find this brand in many places all sound the UK, I guess. My first week end living in Exmouth. Not bad, really! Dopo Londra, Madrid, Roma (e molti altri posti nel mondo) il Gay Pride arriva finalmente ad Exmouth – Devon (UK). Una bella giornata ai giardini cittadini – Manor Gardens – con diversi gruppi musicali locali che si sono alternati sul palco, e molte famiglie e ragazzi che hanno potuto godere la bella giornata di sole e la presenza di stand informativi e di cibo. Nana’s è una piccola roulotte che parte da Plymouth (Cornovaglia – UK) e si muove per proporre soluzioni senza glutine in occasioni come questa. Grazie a loro, ho potuto pranzare lì, con un sandwich al tonno (fatto al momento) e una zuppa al chili senza glutine niente male. Ho provato anche un tortino, che nonostante fosse non fatto artigianalmente mi è piaciuto. Tutto abbastanza economico (sandwich 2£, tortino 1£,piatto piccolo di chili 3.5£). Alla fine della giornata, ho trovato anche un frappè Shmoo niente male (per essere industriale). Al cioccolato, senza nessuna decorazione aggiuntiva per non rischiare dato che non sembravano essere senza glutine. Immagino che questa marca sia reperibile un po’ ovunque, qui in UK. Il mio primo fine settimana della mia nuova vita in Inghilterra. Niente male, in...

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Blank page – Punto e a capo

Blank page – Punto e a capo

By on Jun 3, 2015 in Italy, Senza categoria, Travel journal, Uncategorized, United Kingdom | 2 comments

Ok. La casa l’ho lasciata. Il lavoro pure. La macchina anche. Ho con me una valigia che pesa tanto, ma il bagaglio più importante lo porto dentro di me. 11 anni di Roma. Mi ha dato tanto questa città, ma anche tolto. Il tempo è il valore più prezioso che ho, e ne ho perso. Soprattutto ultimamente. Ce ne vorrà ancora, di tempo, prima di trovare una dimensione giusta per me. Ma meglio iniziare, che rimandare ancora. E allora eccomi qui, con un bagaglio fatto, tra l’altro, di belle persone incontrate sul mio cammino, molte delle quali spero restino nella mia vita ancora a lungo. Nonostante la distanza, nonostante i percorsi diversi. Perché poi i sentieri possono riunirsi mille volte nella vita, chi lo sa. Tanti mi hanno chiesto in questi giorni se sono emozionata. La verità è che no, non lo sono. Sono concentrata, questo si. Perché quello che sto facendo è un salto. Molti lo chiamerebbero rischio, ma quale decisione non ha una base di rischio. E io non voglio vivere una vita di decisioni non prese. Come vedo il futuro? Come una pagina bianca. Il bello è questo, che c’è ancora tanto da scrivere. E il panico di poggiare la penna sul nuovo foglio, per mia fortuna, al momento non ce l’ho. Keep in touch! Francesca Ok. Left home. My job, as well. And my car, too. With me just a heavy bag, but the most important luggage is carried inside of me. 11 years in Rome. This city gave me a lot, but also took me off a lot. Especially in my last months. I’ll need more time to find the best way for me, but I’m going on with it, rather than I would put it off again and again. Here I am. With a luggage made of great people met in this years, lot of whom I hope to keep in my life for a long time. In spite of distance, in spite of different paths. ‘Cause paths in life can find again themselves, who knows. In these days, many people asked me if I feel excited. Honestly speaking, I’m not. I’m focused, because of this jump. Somebody would say it’s a risk,...

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Blog on the move – trasloco in vista!

Blog on the move – trasloco in vista!

By on May 19, 2015 in Travel journal, United Kingdom | 0 comments

What’s going on? #glutenfreetravelling blog is on the move! After many years in Italy, now it’s time to change and to find a new place to live in. Next stop: the UK. Since beginnings of June, #glutenfreetravelling will be based in Devonshire. Right beside the sea, which makes me really happy! Wish me good luck 🙂 Che succede? Il blog Gluten free Travelling trasloca! Dopo tanti anni in Italia, adesso è tempo di cambiamenti e di trovare un nuovo posto da vivere. Prossima fermata: Regno Unito. Da inizio giugno, il blog sarà di base nel Devonshire. Proprio sul mare, il che mi rende proprio felice! Auguratemi buona fortuna...

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